Management of turn distribution in academic discourse among undergraduate science students in a Nigerian public university

  • Bashir Ibrahim
  • Ain Nadzimah Abdullah
  • Zalina Mohd Kasim
  • Shameem Rafik-Galea


The purpose of this study is to analyze the management of turn distribution in academic discourse based on three turn taking systems of taking the turn, holding the turn, and yielding the turn by some undergraduate science students of a public university in Nigeria. The participants engaged in a discussion based on a chart presented by Global Peace Index on relative peace around the world from 2015 to 2016. The discussion which was video recorded, lasted 15 minutes. The study was underpinned by Sacks, Schegloff and Jefferson (1974) Turn-taking theory. Conversation analysis, using Drew and Heritage (1992) transcription notations, was used to transcribe the data. The result indicated that ‘pleading’ was among the strategies used by some participants of this study to take a turn. Also, gaze was used by some participants of this study as a strategy for seeking information not as a sign of nominating the next speaker.

Keywords: Academic discourse, conversation analysis, Turn distribution, turn taking


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